Revision Breast Surgery - ISAPS

Revision Breast Surgery

Improves or corrects the results of previous breast enhancement surgery.

Procedure

The more common reasons for seeking revision breast surgery are implant deflation, implant exchange (size or type), capsular contracture, implant malposition, double-bubble deformity, or a combination of these issues. When a breast implant is inserted, a scar forms around it as part of the natural healing process, called a capsule. The capsule may sometimes tighten and compress the implant creating a distorted breast shape. The goal of revision surgery is to help restore a more youthful contour and attractive appearance.

Length

One to two hours, depending on the condition to be treated.

Anesthesia

Local anesthesia and intravenous sedation may be used, although general anesthesia may be more desirable.

Inpatient/Outpatient

Either, depending on patient preference.

Possible Side Effects

Discoloration and swelling may occur initially, changes in nipple or breast sensation.

Risks

Risks include adverse reactions to anesthesia, blood accumulation that may need to be drained surgically, and infection.

Recovery

The patient should be able to return to work within seven to ten days depending on the type of work. Special care must be taken to be gentle with your breasts for at least one month after surgery.

Results

Depends on the patient's breast laxity or sagginess after having had children or losing weight. Generally stable. However, gravity and the effects of aging will eventually alter the size and shape of virtually every woman's breasts.

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